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Old 06-11-2019, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Buying my first WRX, but with some problems

Some positives and negatives. I'm so happy to purchase my first boosted Subaru, and for $200. It's a 2002 4EAT WRX. I've owned an 04 Forester and 92 Impreza coupe prior. Already have a laundry-list of parts I'm interested in.

Now, it does have some problems. Timing slipped, and it needs new heads, or a new motor which is how I'll probably handle business. This is my biggest concern, there's a hole of rust on the strut tower, pic attached. My buddy recommended drilling out the pinch welds and welding a new one on, or patching it. I'm not very familiar with rust repairs, or body damage. Any idea on price of fixing or how long could I go without repairing it?

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Old 06-12-2019, 04:45 PM   #2
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Holy crap man... there's no patching that. (unless you're a redneck... they can patch anything) Grind away the pinch and replace the tower. I'd be very careful about points of reference because you're alignment is at stake. Hopefully you've got coilovers and adjustable links for the rear.
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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Holy crap man... there's no patching that. (unless you're a redneck... they can patch anything) Grind away the pinch and replace the tower. I'd be very careful about points of reference because you're alignment is at stake. Hopefully you've got coilovers and adjustable links for the rear.
Yeah agreed.. Patching is really not a viable option.. tower replacement is the only safe way to handle that sort of hole in the tower.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:05 PM   #4
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Holy crap man... there's no patching that. (unless you're a redneck... they can patch anything) Grind away the pinch and replace the tower. I'd be very careful about points of reference because you're alignment is at stake. Hopefully you've got coilovers and adjustable links for the rear.
I figured patching seemed far-fetched. I was planning on adjustable suspension regardless. I know it's impossible to tell, but any inkling of how much a restoration/body shop would charge for something like this?
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:11 PM   #5
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I figured patching seemed far-fetched. I was planning on adjustable suspension regardless. I know it's impossible to tell, but any inkling of how much a restoration/body shop would charge for something like this?
No one can tell you that but the shops. Quotes will differ wildly.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:33 PM   #6
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No one can tell you that but the shops. Quotes will differ wildly.
I know a few people who have had it done. At a shop, it'll be $Texas, more than just buying another wagon that isn't rottted out.

The inner strut tower replacements have been discontinued by Subaru, so you're SOL there.

Right Tower - Parts.Subaru.com

Left Tower - Parts.Subaru.com

Unless you have a serious emotional attachment to the car, are planning a wild build (like Gigs90's Sedan Widebody Bugeye, which he himself calls a financial nightmare), or have the means/material/skill to DIY it, it just ain't worth it.

Wagons are a dime a dozen. Pull the motor on this one, find one thats cleaner with a blown engine, go on your merry way.

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Edit: Just saw that the engine is blown too. Part out, start over?
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:39 PM   #7
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Steel is bringing $120 a ton (as of yesterday). This will be important for you to know. Also, if you cut the car into small pieces, it is no longer technically a car and you can sell it to a scrap yard without a title. Wiring will bring more...keep it separate. If you want to put in the time, aluminum is worth more too.

That car is literally scrap.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:12 PM   #8
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Jack is right.
No way is that the only structural rust on the car, and that alone is cause for scrapping it. There is zero point in spending any further money or time trying to put it back on the road and it is certainly not safe to drive in that condition. Unload it for parts or scrap and get as much money back out of it as you can, then go look for another one that isn't hopelessly rotted.
I recently retired my '02 thanks to Mother Nature and it wasn't nearly as bad as that but I realized it was time.
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I figured patching seemed far-fetched. I was planning on adjustable suspension regardless. I know it's impossible to tell, but any inkling of how much a restoration/body shop would charge for something like this?
paying somebody to do that much work (I'm guessing the rest is every bit as bad as that pic, which is horrendous) will cost half as much as just buying a new one.
Or more than buying a legit, solid used car that isn't approaching 20 years old.

I mean at least you bought it for what it is actually worth, $200, but still, is there a reason you want this thing considering how insanely decayed it is?
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:29 PM   #10
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paying somebody to do that much work (I'm guessing the rest is every bit as bad as that pic, which is horrendous) will cost half as much as just buying a new one.
Or more than buying a legit, solid used car that isn't approaching 20 years old.

I mean at least you bought it for what it is actually worth, $200, but still, is there a reason you want this thing considering how insanely decayed it is?
This is the only roughspot out of the whole car. The reason why I'm so interested in it, is because a good friend is selling it. I want to help him out, as well as a car that i can build at my own pace. It has an extremely low mile 4eat in it, as well as some other handy parts on the motor.
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You can find a parted car and cut out a tower.
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